Don McLean revealed how he felt about his ex-wife while researching the secrets of his hit American Pie.
The 75-year-old singer-songwriter, who lives in Palm Desert, California, said it took him four years to end his relationship with Patrisha McLean, who he was married to for 29 years and with whom he shares two children.
He told the Irish Times that the love letters she sent every month for 30 years "instantly turned to salt" when their relationship collapsed following allegations of domestic violence against him.
After his divorce in 2016, Don said he hadn't met anyone comparable to Patrisha, adding, "I can really say that my ex-wife is the worst person I have ever known."
The hitmaker added that the 2016 split is only just beginning, despite having moved on 25 months after his divorce with Playboy model Paris Dylan, 25.
Don McLean, 75, (pictured), who lives in Palm Desert, California, told the Irish Times that his ex-wife was the "worst" person he had ever known
Don was arrested and charged with domestic violence before divorcing his second wife, Patrisha, to whom he was married for 29 years. Pictured at the California Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2014
Don said the love letters Patrisha sent every month for 30 years turned to salt instantly when their marriage came to an end. Pictured: Don at the Knox Count Jail in Rockland in January 2016
Since their marriage breakdown, Patrisha has spoken about her relationship with Don in a traveling exhibition called Finding Our Voices and has started a domestic violence nonprofit of the same name.
She filed for divorce two months after Don was arrested for domestic violence for "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences."
Patrisha McLean applied for a protection warrant after her husband was arrested, but withdrew the application only days later.
In a statement backing her request for a restraining order, she alleged that her husband "terrorized" her for four hours the night before he was arrested.
Don began a relationship with former Playboy model Paris Dylan, 25, (pictured) months after his divorce
Patrisha McLean also wrote that she feared for her life after the singer allegedly forcibly grabbed her and said he was going to "strangle" her.
But she said she did not expect the statement to be made public and she felt "blind" after her claims were made public.
The Portland Press Herald reported that she called the newspaper defending her husband's character. She stands by her charges, but the alleged abuse is only "one side of him" and he is "not a monster".
Don, best known for the 1971 hit American Pie, pleaded guilty and paid a fine. However, his lawyer said this was not because he was actually guilty of anything, but to close his family and keep the whole process as private as possible. & # 39;
The 75-year-old began a relationship with former Playboy model Paris Dylan (25) a few months after his divorce.
Their pairing blossomed quickly when Paris was hired to manage its social media accounts in 2016.
Don, who has been reluctant in the past about his relationship with Paris Dylan, who is 48 years his junior, announced that he does not read any media coverage of him regardless of whether it is good or bad.
He described it as "all a pile of shit" and hinted at a need for control.
Don said he plans to auction most of his possessions before he dies – including lyrics, guns, and guitars – because he doesn't want to leave them to someone else to figure out what to do with them.
Don, who made around $ 150 million over the course of his 50-year career, said his hit American Pie was a fusion of genres. Pictured: Don in the 1970s
Don was 24 years old when he wrote American Pie and has avoided suggesting the verses thoroughly, although many believe the song is about the State of America in the 1960s.
After making around $ 150 million (£ 115,000) over the course of his 50-year career, Don will celebrate the anniversary of his hit with the new documentary, The Day the Music Died.
In addition to a children's book, a Broadway show is also planned for 2022.
Describing American Pie as a mix of folk, rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll, and old-fashioned pop music, Don explained the folk aspect of the song is in the verse-chorus-verse composition.
He gave a vague look at the secrets of the song and said, "I haven't told anyone that in 50 years."
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